Quady North 2015 Pistoleta, Rogue Valley, $20

Based in Medford, Ore., second-generation vintner Herb Quady tapped fruit from the Rogue Valley for its 2015 blend of 40% Viognier, 25% Roussanne, 25% Marsanne and 10% Grenache Blanc. Called Pistoleta and sporting a pair of derringers on its label, it’s highly aromatic, with spice, pear, melon and and lime…

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O•S Winery 2013 Sonas Cabernet Franc, Yakima Valley, $25

Using grapes from Sheridan Vineyard in the Yakima Valley, this winery in the south Seattle neighborhood of Georgetown has created a beautiful and elegant Cab Franc. Aromas of dried purple lavender and black cherry give way to flavors of huckleberry, vanilla cream and sweet dried herbs. It’s all backed by…

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Zerba Cellars 2013 Zinfandel, Walla Walla Valley, $45

The prominent letter “Z” emblazoned on Zerba Cellars’ label is the perfect symbol for the Walla Walla Valley winery’s 2013 Zinfandel. Drawing on grapes from his home AVA, winemaker Doug Nierman crafted another gold medal winner for the Milton-Freewater, Ore., winery. In the glass, vanilla, black currants, blackberries and raisins…

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Westport Winery NV Duckleberry Grunt, Washington, $27

Dana Roberts’ blend of Gewürztraminer and blueberry remains one of the Washington coastal winery’s most popular wines with consumers and critics. The nose of Hostess berry pie also brings hints of cherry, vanilla and drip coffee. On the palate, it’s incredibly fruity and juicy with Marionberry and blueberry flavors. Lingering…

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Northwest Mountain Winery 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $25

South Puget Sound winemaker Ray Curtis relies on the Columbia Valley for his red wine program, and his work with a classic vintage began in late October at Paul Burgess’ vineyard near Pasco. Enticing aromas of dark-roasted coffee, blackberry, Red Vines licorice, red bell pepper and mocha lead to sweet…

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Cerebella Wines 2013 Malbec, Walla Walla Valley, $30

Robb Zimmel’s first commercial vintage at Zimmel-Unruh Cellars includes his Cerebella brand, and the recent graduate of Washington State University-Tri-Cities wine program is off to a jammy start with this red Bordeaux variety from the Walla Walla Valley. The former Army flight medic presents Malbec with expressive aromas of black…

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Hoodsport Winery NV Blueberry, Washington $24

There were less than 20 wineries in Washington state when Hoodsport entered the industry, and while it produces wines from vinifera, the Puget Sound producer also releases several non-grape bottlings – including two styles of Blueberry. This is the off-dry version, but it’s no overly sweet at just 1% residual…

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Burnt Bridge Cellars 2013 Les Collines Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley, $40

The first urban winery in Vancouver, Wash., since Fort Vancouver invested rather heavily in this Cab, starting with one of the Walla Walla Valley’s top sites and following that with 22 months in 75% new French oak. Hence, there’s an early greeting of dark chocolate, but there also are aromatics…

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Cloudlift Cellars 2013 Panorama Merlot, Columbia Valley, $26

A product of South Seattle Community College’s Northwest Wine Academy, Tom Stangeland devoted more Merlot than ever before to his proprietary Panorama red blend – enough (78%) to prompt him to label it it as Merlot. He pulled from Joel Hattrup’s acclaimed Elephant Mountain Vineyard in the Rattlesnake Hills, Arianses…

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Merry Cellars 2013 Cabernet Franc, Columbia Valley, $46

Palouse winemaker Patrick Merry helped create a culture for Pacific Northwest wine in Pullman, Wash., and he uses fruit from acclaimed Seven Hills Vineyard in Oregon to burnish his reputation with Bordeaux varieties. A product of a warm vintage, the fruit came in from the field at 26 Brix on…

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